GOLF BIBLIOGRAPHY - PERSONAL ACCOUNTS:

TRIALS AND TRAVAILS OF AMATEURS, SEMI-PROS AND PROS

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Fine Green Line
The Fine Green Line: My Year of Adventure on the Pro-Golf Mini Tours, by John Paul Newport
The saga of aging (in his early 40's) Jack Newport's quest to become a professional golfer. Like all good first person accounts, this one is filled with pain, irony, frustration and small triumphs.
The Bogey Man: a Month on the PGA Tour, by George Plimpton

Although written over a generation ago, and dealing with golf in the 1960s, it remains a classic first person account. Plimpton is well known for writing his experiences in professional sports: football [Paper Lion], baseball [Out of My League], and hockey [Open Net] in particular. The Bogey Man (out of print but still available from Amazon.com) recounts his experiences on several west coast pro-ams. You will find it entertaining.
Breaking Eighty
Breaking 80: A Journey Through the 9 Fairways of Hell, by Lee Eisenberg
Breaking 80: A Journey Through the 9 Fairways of Hell, by Lee Eisenberg: Audio Cassette
I could not put this book down. If you have ever struggled with your game you will appreciate and enjoy Breaking 80. Eisenberg was once editor of Esquire Magazine; if his golf was as good as his writing, he would be on the PGA Tour.
Tin Cup Dreams, by Michael D'Antonio.

D'Antonio followed self-taught Mexican Esteban Toledo's first year on the PGA tour. Toledo was "dirt poor" in Mexico, learned golf while caddying, and made it to the big time.
Driving Myself Crazy: Misadventures of a Novice Golfer, by Jessica Maxwell

A woman who has previously mastered fly fishing and skiing now takes up golf. The result is a humorous and well-written tale. Example:
During an early lesson, the pro is explaining a golf hole to the author's girlfriend Rande.
"It's 40 yards from here, and you have to carry almost 250 yards over water."
"How do you carry yards over water?" Rande asked.

Hacker to Hero
From Hacker to Hero in 12 Months, by Michael D. Oliff
At first I was skeptical, but the author really does go from a 26 handicap 26 scratch in a year. How? By practicing almost every day for 10 or more hours. The book is out of print, but used copies are available.
Q School Confidential : Inside Golf's Cruelest Tournament, by David Gould

The title speaks for itself. Q School is the PGA's 6-round elimination tournament that selects new players for the tour each year. Hundreds enter but only the top 30 get a "card", i.e., survive to join the following year's PGA tour.

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